Vintage scoops - Gay mag history part 2
Then follows a long conversation between the two [interviewer Alexander Ziegler and Frank Sinatra in magazine Du & Ich] about homosexuality and politics, and Sinatra even says: - I myself have experienced how an extraordinarily beautiful man or boy has this intense erotic radiation. [...]
Björn Andrésen, the 15-year-old actor who played the role of Tadzio in Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice, is interviewed in Du & Ich 9/1971. Mr Ziegler asks the Swedish actor, diplomatically telling him he doesn't need to reply, if he has had any experiences with other men. - Yes ... and that's quite a story, Björn Andrésen says. - Maybe it was out of curiosity ... no, it was more, it was ... sympathy ... veneration ... doesn't matter, in any case I entered into a relationship with a man, who, like Aschenbach in the movie, literally worshipped me, and who, as he said himself, was prepared to die for me. In 2003, as Björn Andrésen was furious over being on the cover of Germaine Greer's book The Boy, he told The Guardian: - Adult love for adolescents is something that I am against in principle. [...]
In issue 12/1969, Alexander Ziegler interviews Franco Lasagni, who starred in the French film Le Vendredi Noir (Black Friday), directed be Gérard Villard. [...] Franco Lasagni turns out to be an outspoken 14-year-old. First, he explains to Ziegler that is wasn't hard for him to play the role of Alain, because he isn't so unlike him. - Maybe it was more of a surprise to my parents, who don't have a clue that all of us in school do such things and that every boy masturbated. Already two years ago, I had a very good friend in high school, he was three grades above me - and we understood each other perfectly well. Sometimes we arranged it so that we had to leave our classes at the same minute, and then, together we ... well you know ... what's so bad with that? I don't think I'm gay cause I have a girlfriend since two weeks. - So you are "normal"? asks Alexander Ziegler. - Yes, yes. I mean, I don't know yet, it could of course happen that I start liking a boy and that we do things together ... you can't predict anything.
source: Article 'Vintage Scoops - Gay Mag History Part 2' by Karl Andersson; Destroyer; February 2009